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Student Financial Services

Ƶֱ is committed to making your education possible, starting with affordability. Our Student Financial Services staff is here for you every step of the way and has connected over 98% of our students to aid. Several forms of aid are available, and we encourage you to apply and explore all your financial aid options.

FAFSA 2024-25 Info – Click here for more information

For the 2024-25 academic year, the Federal Department of Education (DOE) has introduced a redesign to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The customary opening date of October 1 was postponed, and the new FAFSA finally opened on December 31, 2023.

The redesigned FAFSA form is the most significant redesign of the federal student aid application and delivery in decades, and will significantly simplify how students, parents, and other educational stakeholders use the FAFSA form. (Source: )

On January 30, 2024, the US Department of Education announced that there would be a delay in sending the submitted FAFSA information to colleges. The estimate new delivery date is mid-March. Once schools receive this data, it will take several weeks for schools to review, process, and formulate student aid packages in their system.

If everything stays on schedule from the Dept of Ed., Ƶֱ hopes to start sending financial aid award packages by mid-April.

The Student Financial Services Office at Ƶֱ is committed to helping you navigate all the changes the federal government is making. Our team has been working with experts and training to ensure a smooth transition.  

For California Residents, the Cal Grant deadline has been moved from March 2nd to April 2nd and is the deadline to submit your FAFSA for Cal Grant eligibility. However, your school still must verify your GPA in the system by March 4, 2024 – please check with your guidance counselor to ensure it has been submitted.

For Traditional Undergraduate new students – the normal deposit refund date of May 1, has been pushed back to June 1. Enrollment and Housing deposits are fully refundable until June 1, 2024. After June 1, 2024 they are non-refundable.  

Please contact sfs@fresno.edu if you have questions or for more information.


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Lora Diaz

Liberal Arts

Financial aid is the only reason I am in school. I have been fortunate enough to have financial aid cover all of my schooling because I cannot afford it on my own. When I met with a financial advisor, he was helpful and answered all my questions!